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Yolande Mcvey

Poet at Heart

Dolton, IL USA | Member Since 2010

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  • The Perfect Marriage

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Kimberla Lawson Roby
    • Narrated By Shay Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (49)

    Denise and Derrek Shaw are the perfect American couple. Happily married for 15 years, they have a wonderful daughter, Mackenzie, successful careers, and a beautiful house in a posh Chicago suburb. They are attractive, respected...and hiding a shocking secret: a dangerous addiction to drugs. It started innocently enough. Denise occasionally used prescription drugs to help her deal with the long hours and demanding nature of her job. Derrek, also under pressure at work, began using cocaine socially with some of his colleagues. They can quit whenever they want to. At least, that's what Denise would like to believe....

    trazell says: "Waste of My Money"
    "All Around Disappointment..."
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    What would have made The Perfect Marriage better?

    WRITING: I think that more refined writing skills are missing here; poor character development, less mechanical-more natural dialogue, better story telling, etc.,. Writing is a craft; this "novel" has the painful punch of a juvenile attempt. The sentence structure and word choices are awkward and obtuse. The character dialogue is tedious; unnatural and burdened with minutiae. This author need s a GREAT deal more training.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    None by this author. This was a painful listen; wrought with poorly written material and equally disappointing delivery.


    How could the performance have been better?

    NARRATION: Better verbal acting, more natural character voices and less mechanical delivery; sounds like a random person reading to 1st graders. The poorly written material is degraded even more by poor narration.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I think that the topic was noble but muddled by the author's skill deficits.


    Any additional comments?

    Again - writing is a craft not a project; one needs to have an honest eye and the willingness to resist the urge to publish when the product is not at the right level.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Theft of Swords: Riyria Revelations, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5382)
    Performance
    (4953)
    Story
    (4949)

    Acclaimed author Michael J. Sullivan created instant best sellers with his spellbinding Riyria Revelations series. This first volume introduces Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater, two enterprising thieves who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the death of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy bigger than they can imagine, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery - before it’s too late.

    Magpie says: "Two books in one - keep listening!!"
    "A Wonderfully Woven Tale...."
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    What made the experience of listening to Theft of Swords the most enjoyable?

    The narrator brought the work to life! Not only was his a stellar performance the story is so wonderfully thought out and crafted that you feel as though you are watching a movie unfold in your mind. The characters are 3 dimensional; they retain an air of mystery that walks hand-in-hand with the plot. This book offers surprises, so that the reader is not held hostage by traditional formulaic meanderings.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The evolution of the characters married with the plot.


    What about Tim Gerard Reynolds’s performance did you like?

    His ability to support each character's personality; their voices and individualized verbal nuances was masterful!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A world where nobility and mysticism birth a wonderful world empire filled with drama and enchantment....


    Any additional comments?

    GREAT read!!!!! Getting the other 2 books of this series ASAP!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Just Listen: Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Mark Goulston
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1227)
    Performance
    (977)
    Story
    (967)

    You’ve got a business colleague who’s hostile...a client who’s furious...a staffer who’s deeply cynical—how do you get people to do what you want in tough situations like these? In Just Listen, veteran psychiatrist and business coach Mark Goulston reveals the secret to how to get through to anyone, even when productive communication seems impossible.“Here's the challenge,” Mark says.

    Joseph says: "Not for everyone"
    "Everything I hoped for and much more!!!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Just Listen the most enjoyable?

    The story was excellent which made the narrator's task much easier. That said, it flowed well; it was relevant and well written, the content interesting, thought provoking, timely and immediately applicable.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Just Listen?

    The section that covered venting: letting that process happen without judgement and then saying, "Tell me more". I am a counselor. I tried it. it worked!


    What about Walter Dixon’s performance did you like?

    The conversational but connected tone in his delivery; he understood the material and conveyed the material in a way that remained "almost excited" for entirety of the book.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    When being right isn't the only or best right answer....


    Any additional comments?

    Loved this book; recommended it to colleagues and friends for professional and real- life support.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love & Wisdom

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Rick Hanson, Richard Mendius
    • Narrated By Alan Bomar Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (283)
    Performance
    (207)
    Story
    (197)

    Science is now revealing how the flow of thoughts actually sculpts the brain. By combining breakthroughs in neuroscience with insights from thousands of years of contemplative practice, you, too, can use your mind to shape your brain for greater happiness, love, and wisdom.

    Roy says: "Neurophysiological Explanation"
    "Drowning in words...."
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    Would you try another book from Rick Hanson and Richard Mendius and/or Alan Bomar Jones?

    No; this book was too tedious a listen for me - far too many acronyms and extreme focus on the physiology of the human brain. The cover and description lead me to believe that this book was written from a basic humanistic perspective. Not so. There is so much unecessary and complicated wording that the experience of listening to this work mocks the word "practical" in it's title.

    As far as the narrator; his inflections, and lack of such in many cases, failed to show a connection or deeper understanding of the material. It was often as if he was reading from a script; making minor tone changes that were not consistent with what he is saying. Ultimately, it was a pretty flat performance.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Finishing :Just Listen" by Mark Goulston


    What aspect of Alan Bomar Jones’s performance would you have changed?

    Consider their audience!!!! Use more basic terms and simplistic analogies. I would also have lisked more on Buddhism versus brain chemistry.


    Do you think Buddha's Brain needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. This is 2 different books that failed to meld. So, maybe the answer is to separate them and write them separately; 1 on Buddha and the thinking process and the other on brain chemistry.


    Any additional comments?

    Good intentions; poor execution.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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